How to Make Sturdy Umbrella Stands for Under $15




In this tutorial I will show you how to make sturdy umbrella stands for under $15.

We recently added a pool and deck to our home and added some tables with chairs along with umbrellas to the mix. My concern was the wind, and also what if I wanted to move an umbrella to provide a little shade when I am laying out on the day. A little shade to cover my face for instance.

So I needed something to hold the umbrella and I didn't want to spend $80 on an umbrella holder. I like to MAKE things and I wanted to see if I could get by cheaper.

What you will need.

1. A Pot ( like a flower pot) You can get these at any Lawn and Garden or hardware store, even Wal-Mart. I have seen some for as little as $5 that are plastic.

2. Some PVC pipe. I had some lying around, but you can get a 10' piece for around $4 at your local hardware store. I used 1-1/2 inch pipe

3. A bag of quickcrete. I bought an 80 pound bag that did both of my pots equally. The bag was only $5 at the local hardware store.

4. A hacksaw or other cutting device to cut the pvc pipe with

5. Wheelbarrow or something to mix the concrete in.

6. A Hoe or other garden tool to mix the concrete.

Now lets begin.

Teacher Notes

Teachers! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.

Step 1: Cut Your Pipes

I had two pots around the house and I cleaned them out and put my pipe in the pot and marked where I wanted to cut with a marker. For me it was about an inch over the top of the pot.

I used a hacksaw, but you can use anything that will cut the PVC pipe to the length you specified for yourself.

I positioned it in the center and then used painters tape to hold it in place so that I could pour the concrete in the pot around the pipe.

Step 2: Mix the Concrete

With your wheelbarrow or other container to mix concrete in, empty your bag of mix and add water according to the directions on the bag.

I made mine match a consistency of peanut butter.

Step 3: Pour Into the Pots

Next you will pour the concrete into the pots slowly, being careful not to rush. Pour a little on each side of the pipe.

Use a painters stick or something to help spread the concrete around the pipe.

Step 4: After the Pour

After the pour is complete, you can remove the tape and if your mix is good the pipe will not move easily.

Now is a good time to add some marbles or something into the top of the concrete to add flare to your creation.

Step 5: Drill Some Drainage Holes

There may come a time when it rains and will fill it up if its not smooth level with the top of the pot. I took a 1/8th drill bit and drilled several holes to allow the water to drain right down the middle of the pipe and out the bottom.

Step 6: Finished Product

Nice! You just made some decorative portable umbrella stands on the cheap!

These way about 50 pounds a piece.

Be the First to Share


    • Book Character Costume Challenge

      Book Character Costume Challenge
    • Made with Math Contest

      Made with Math Contest
    • Cardboard Speed Challenge

      Cardboard Speed Challenge

    22 Discussions


    Question 2 months ago

    What diameter in the pot you used?


    2 months ago

    1. Perhaps put duct tape on the bottom of the pvc pipe for a quick fix to prevent water accumulated in pipe from flowing through pot drainage hole? Or even use a pvc cap at the bottom?
    2. Sometimes umbrellas lift in winds - that happens occasionally, especially if not alert (or remember) to close the umbrella when it's gusting. I am going to make this but add a couple of screws to the body of the pvc that secure the umbrella shaft.
    3. Now just need to find the right size/shape container to fit a half round umbrella without making too large a footprint!


    1 year ago

    elektronik sigara ancak tabikide boyle dusunulebilir


    3 years ago

    şemsiyenin bu kadar kolay yapıldığını bilmiyordum açıkçası


    3 years ago

    Paykasa Güvenlik İpuçlarına Yönelik Dolandırıcı Önlemleri Nasıl Alınır?

    Kopya sitelerden uzak durulması uygulamasının haricinde, paykasa güvenlik ipuçları dolandırıcı önlemleri olarak bilinen başka uygulamalarda bulunmaktadır.

    Öncelik ile bilmeniz gereken, paykasa kartların 1 yıl süreli geçerli olduğu, pin kodlarının bulunduğu, son kullanma tarihlerinin ve güvenlik numaralarının bulunduğudur. Kartlar ile birlikte verilen başka her hangi bir bilgi bulunmamaktadır. Her hangi bir yetkili temsilciye ulaştığınızda ve paykasa kart satın al işlemini yaptığınızda, sizlere verilecek olanlar sadece bunlardır. Kartı satın almak maksadı ile ödediğiniz bedel haricinde sizlerden hiçbir zaman ek bir bedel talep edilmeyecektir. Yıllık aidat ve benzeri başlık altında bir ödeme söz konusu değildir.

    Bazı dolandırıcılar, paykasa kullanımı ile ilgilendiklerini belirtmekte, rastgele şahıslara ulaşarak paykasa kartların vergi borcu olduğunu, harç borcu olduğunu ya da aidat borcu olduğunu belirterek para talep etmektedir. Bahsedildiği üzerepaykasa ön ödemeli sistemdir, kartın bedeli peşin ödenmektedir. Kart alındıktan sonra hiçbir şekilde ve hiçbir başlık altında para alınmamaktadır. Paykasa Güvenlik İpuçları Dolandırıcı Önlemleri için eğer, elektronik posta adreslerinize, sosyal hesaplarınıza, diğer iletişim kanallarına ya da telefonlarınıza benzer bir mesaj gelir ise, itibar etmemelisiniz. Bu uygulanan, yeni bir dolandırıcılık yöntemidir.

    Kartın parasını ödersiniz, satın alırsınız, ister tek seferde, ister birden fazla seferde 1 yıl süresince, dilediğiniz gibi kullanırsınız.

    Paykasa Güvenlik İpuçları Önemli mi?

    Eğer maddi varlıklarınızı kaybetmek istemiyor ve bedelini peşin olarak ödediğiniz, paykasa kart içerisinde yer alan paranızın, çalınmasını istemiyor iseniz, yazımızda bahsedilen paykasa güvenlik ipuçları dolandırıcı önlemleri başlıklarını dikkatli bir şekilde incelemelisiniz. Bu tedbirleri uygulamanız ve gelen mesajlara ya da benzeri ikazlara aldırış etmemeniz, sizin menfaatinize olacak ve maddi kayıp yaşamanızı engelleyecektir.


    3 years ago

    Great instructions. In step 5 it looks like there's a plastic circle with a half moon cut-out on top of the cement. Did you make that also and how did you make it?


    3 years ago

    Hi. I'm just setting up my patio and couldn't find a reasonably priced stand heavy enough for a 10-ft umbrella. This is great! I have all the materials on hand and am excited about creating my own stand. Only question: how do you secure the umbrella pole in the pvc pipe?

    1 reply

    Reply 3 years ago

    I used a pipe coupler from Home Depot on the stand I built. More details here:


    3 years ago

    Laser yazıcıların kullandıkları siya beyaz ve renkli kartuşların boşalmaları durumunda toner dolumu yaptırabileceğiniz önemli merkezlerden birisi olan toner dolumu yanında muadil toner adıyla anılan yan sanayi yazıcı kartuş modellerini bulabileceğiniz firmadır.

    İstanbul kadıköy yakası maltepe ilçesinde faaliyet gösteren kuruluş, telefon faks veya mail ile verilen siparişleri istanbul anadolu yakası içinde bulunan bölgelere ücretsiz olarak firma servis araçlarıyla ulaştırmaktadır.

    Özellikleri açısından orjinal tonerlerden farksız kalite ile üretilmiş olan dolum ve muadil tonerler uzun ömürlü ve ekonomik olmaları nedeniyle uzun süreli kullanıma müsait olduklarından tasarruf etmenizi sağlayacak ürünlerdir.

    <a href="">İstanbul toner dolumu</a><br />


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Hello, You have a absolutely fabulous idea and pics and instructions were so clear and precise. Thank you. If worried about Squitters, they have those little disc's that I've seen that they put in ponds. I am sure they can be attached in any way. There are so many plants that can be put under table or ontop pot, in a pot of their own, like lemon balm, grows great in confined spaces. Which does another thing....Keeps Squitters away from legs, people and out pets. These Squitter plants keep them away for a long time all while continuing growing all summer, fall, of spring too. Pull the pots of lemon balm and just drop in the ground for winter and behold, double. This plant can be invasive but controled. But I leave them be because they die back and don't take any other plants over . I break off a bunch in my hand and brush my legs and clothing. Great Natural. My family uses it all the time. And a good thing, grabbing handfulls, make it grow more and more.. Thank you so very very much. <3 Jeri


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the great idea. I was able to use stuff I had around the house to make my umbrella stand. Total cost less then $5.00.


    9 years ago on Step 1

    Great idea! I do see a problem trapping water after it rains. Possible mosquito breeding issue. Maybe crowning the concrete pour over the top of the pot to keep the water from accumulating within the top space?

    7 replies

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I wonder if you were to get a "pot with a hole in the bottom" variety and fill the concrete to the level of the pvc pipe (which would be lower than the top of the pot) if you couldn't avoid the water issue when the umbrella is down. Of course you've have to be careful to not have the concrete ooze out the hole... maybe glue the pvc to the bottom first? Great idea, BTW!


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    My pots have a hole in the bottom about the size of a nickel. Any water that goes into the pvc pipe will run out of that hole. If I didn't run out of concrete I would have it meet the lip of the pot and all would be well. I will have to see how it goes. I could get more concrete and top it off and add more marbles...I guess.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Just one more thought (cause I'd hate for you to ruin your awesome existing marbles)... drill a couple of small holes in the pvc right where it meets the concrete. Water will drain in the side of the PVC and out the bottom. Again, nice work!


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I inserted a step that now has the drainage holes. It did rain quite a bit the other day and umbrella or not, it filled them up.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Not so fast pilgrim...that will only work if you shaped the concrete to slope toward the center. A great idea if you do that in the first place.